How Long Do Industrial Floor Coatings Last?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

If your industrial facility has a well-used floor coating or if you have a new facility and are weighing the benefits of concrete floor coatings,  you may be wondering what to expect in terms of coating life expectancy. The question of longevity is an important one if you want to know whether your existing concrete floors will need an update soon or if you want to know what you’re getting for your investment in a new floor coating. There are three main factors to look at when figuring how long your coating should last.

Traffic and use
Unlike most industrial painting and coating applications, floor coatings get a lot of contact with feet, wheels, impact and abrasion from objects, thermal shock and chemicals. So the longevity of a concrete floor coating naturally depends on how much traffic and what kind of traffic it must bear. Flooring with frequent forklift traffic requires heavier duty coatings and may need more maintenance than, say, the floor of a hallway with only occasional foot traffic. Such factors can make the difference between a 5 year or a 30 year maintenance cycle.

Substrate condition
Most floor paint is applied to concrete surfaces. In new concrete floors it is essential that it dries before coatings are applied, as even the slightest moisture from seemingly dry concrete will compromise the coating’s adhesion and shorten its lifespan to a fraction of what it should be. To get the optimal lifespan from your floor coating it is also important to consider proper surface preparation and the soundness of the substrate, both structurally and in detail flaws like cracks. Correctly fixing these flaws as well as matching the floor with a coating made to accommodate the substrate’s condition will affect the coating’s longevity.

Coating and application
Last but not least, the exact floor paint type and how it is applied make all the difference in its life expectancy. For example, on the one extreme a lower grade epoxy floor coating applied in a single thin coat might only last a couple of years before showing signs of wear. For a few temporary or rented warehouses, for instance, this might be the most cost-effective choice. On the other hand, a high grade urethane or epoxy floor system, applied in multiple coats for a thick coating, can last for decades. Many floor coatings are guaranteed by manufacturers for 10 or 20 years, and some last 30 or more. Additionally, if flooring is maintained with a periodic coat application, the overall coating system will last many times longer.

With so many considerations, the best way to navigate and decide on a flooring solution is to consult with an industrial floor coating professional. Based in Santa Fe Springs, Cor-Ray Painting Company is a resource for painting and coating selection and top-quality application in Southern California, serving clients from San Diego to Los Angeles, from Long Beach to San Bernardino and well beyond. For more information, call us at (562) 906-9770, or click here to contact us.

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